If you and I are friends on Facebook, then you’re probably well aware of the unusual, and unusually protracted, way in which I celebrated turning 40 last year.
I was very honored when the folks at Pecha Kucha Atlanta invited me back for a second time, this time to present about my 40 Day Project.
I had very much wanted to take the time to write, reflect on, and wrap up all that had transpired in that period of time, and what came out of it ~ maybe I still will one day ~ but this presentation sums it up nicely.
So, without further ado, in six minutes and forty seconds…
And here’s the full post from my actual 40th birthday.
Day 40 Day of the 40 Days [Wrap It Up Edition]: A few years back when Elise Witt and I were swimming at Pine Lake, I told her how I’d always thought it would be nice to get married or at least have the rehearsal dinner / party of the century out there. I described in detail all the different musical people in my life who would come out to sing together and how I would use all the different spaces in different ways. At some point she said, why wait to get married to have a party like that? Just do it.So, since the 40/40 project was about saying ‘yes’ where I might otherwise have said ‘no’, I decided this was the time, especially since I’m friends with the mayor of Pine Lake, Kathie DeNobriga, and all. It was a triumph.Amanda Plumb and I got there early to set up café tables, lights, sound system, etc. It became one of the best food tables I’ve ever seen. People enjoyed swimming in the lake because it was bathwater warm. There was music, gorgeous and delicious homemade cakes by Annika Leisure and Leslie Swiedom, karaoke, dogs, kids, bubbles, balloons…A very interesting assortment of people came from all across the spectrum of my life ~ my current work, past work, personal friends, high school friends, storytelling friends ~ and they all knitted together into a beautiful fabric.
I asked folks to bring their own plate, cup, and silverware and be responsible for washing themselves in solidarity with my cray-cray. Well…that sort of cut down on waste, but we still had to use a lot of disposables, and dearRachana Bhatt still ended up doing a lot of dishes. Karaoke was a hoot and a half. I learned I have friends that have pipes! Vienna Pae Cornell blew us all away with her Alanis Morissette. Less surprisingly, we are all a bunch of hams and put on a great show when we aren’t necessarily hitting the notes. I’ll let others decide if they want video documentation to exist out here in public…
Thanks so much to all of the folks who stayed behind to be on the clean-up crew. I hesitate to try and name everyone out of fear that, just like at the Oscars, Imma forget a name and have to take out a full page ad tomorrow, but here goes: Amanda,Adrienne Bruce, Mariela Gómez Meza, Alex Joshua, Elizabeth Geiger, Sarah Zureick-Brown, Carlos Quinones, Michael Fletcher, Anna Dausman, Will Young, and whoever I’ve forgotten I’m truly sorry. I was a bit tired last night as it was a looong day at the end of a long 40 days.I have so much to think and write about regarding the 40 day project. I will do so in the weeks to come (hopefully as my hair fades rapidly), but today I will rest. I’m going to try and make myself take some Facebook fasts in the coming weeks as well because: brain.I don’t want to sound trivial in that #blessed kind of way, but my heart is full with all that has transpired. The 40/40 Project was about being a “tourist in my own city and a connoisseur of my friends”, but it really showed me I am not alone in this world. While I may still be looking for a life partner that makes me a better person, I have hundreds of friends and family that already do that. Every. Day. #40Daysand40NightsUntil40
Posted by Shannon M. Turner on Saturday, August 15, 2015
AWESOME My 40th was my best ( and only )birthday party. We had just moved to Richmond Va. A childhood friend planned dinner at the Tobacco Company and we danced in the disco down stairs. The DJ even did a song for me.ROd Stewart”have I told you lately that I love you”.I’m glad yours was so good.. Love Sharon
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Shannon – happy new year! What a great idea – the 40 Day project, and a wonderful follow through to completion and presentation! I so admire your creativity, tenacity, and celebration of life – and I’m looking forward to what comes next! Congratulations,denise
Oh, thanks so much, Denise. Hope you’re well.